Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023

NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images The logo of the Eurovision Song Contest is displayed during the national selection program of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2019, in kyiv, Ukraine, on February 23, 2019. Ukrainian singer MARUV will represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) consisting of two semi-finals, which will take place on May 14 and 16, and a grand final that will take place at the Tel Aviv Expo in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 18, 2019. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Liverpool will host the 2023 edition of Eurovision, representing Ukraine

EUROVISION – The city of Liverpool, in the north of England, will host the 2023 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May, organized by the United Kingdom on behalf of Ukraine because of the war, the BBC announced this Friday, October 7 . “It’s Liverpool, May 13”said BBC Eurovision presenter Graham Norton. Liverpool won against the Scottish city of Glasgow.

The semifinals will take place on May 9 and 11, followed by the final on May 13. The extravagant contest, which is in its 67th edition, is followed by tens of millions of viewers, in Europe but also in Israel, Australia, etc. ” We’ve done it ! “greeted Joanne Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, the city of the Beatles, on Twitter.

“We are going to have the biggest party in history”said singer Sonia Evans, originally from Liverpool, who had represented the UK at Eurovision in 1993. “Liverpool has a musical history from all over the world. She ticks all the boxes! ».

Ukraine vetoed the possibility of organizing an event

The UK has hosted the competition eight times, but hasn’t since 1998, when it was held in Birmingham, central England.

After its symbolic first place in Turin, Italy, last May, Ukraine was deprived in June of the right to host Eurovision by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which considered that the security conditions were not met due to the invasion of the country by Russia.

Some 10,000 people take part in the Eurovision production, which also attracts thousands of fans.

An agreement between the EBU and the British government had been announced on July 25 for the BBC to host the contest in the UK, which came second behind Ukraine, in a version that will feature the country still at war.

The glory of the Kalush Orchestra

Twenty British cities had applied to host the Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine. A first seven-city selection (Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield) was unveiled in August.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in late February, the UK has shown strong political and military support for Kyiv, in particular by imposing unprecedented economic sanctions on Moscow.

Big favourite, the Kalush Orchestra had won the final of the competition in May with the song “Stefania” mixing hip-hop and traditional music, a victory that symbolizes the Ukrainian resilience in the war and the European popular solidarity.

The British Sam Ryder and his title “Astronaut” he had obtained second place, an unexpected result for the Brits accustomed to the last years of the table, with even zero points in 2021.

See also on The HuffPost: In Ukraine, the Eurovision organization in the UK is disappointing

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